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Last updated: 20 December 2019
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Time:10:30 LT
Type:Gloster Meteor F.Mk 4
Owner/operator:245 (Northern Rhodesia) Squadron Royal Air Force (245 (Northern Rhodesia) Sqn RAF)
Registration: VZ410
C/n / msn: G5/319
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Wolsey House Farm, Yoxford, Saxmundham, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Stradishall, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Gloster Meteor F.Mk.4 VZ410, 245 Squadron, RAF; Written off (destroyed) 13 April 1950 when spun out of cloud at approximately 1,500 feet. The aircraft was one of two 245 Squadron Meteors involved in air to air combat (dogfight) practice, with VZ410 being the target aircraft.

While attempting to pull out and recover from this dive, the aircraft entered a high speed stall, and dived to earth at 400 mph at Wolsey House Farm, Farm, Yoxford, Saxmundham, Suffolk. Pilot killed

Crew of Meteor VZ410
Pilot Officer John Andrew Brookes, RAF


1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.101. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1985 p 104)
3. The Indian Express 16 April 1950, p 5
4. Meteor from the Cockpit: Britain’s First Jet Fighter By Peter Caygill
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT 233/14:
6. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/30/S2488:
8. Crash site:

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Revision history:

29-Dec-2018 19:07 TB Added
03-Feb-2019 13:32 BC Updated [Location]
19-Oct-2019 20:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Oct-2019 21:57 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]
27-Nov-2019 10:48 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
20-Dec-2019 22:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]

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